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Driver lost after installing Vista with Partition Magic

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by tsuicl, Feb 4, 2007.

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  1. tsuicl

    tsuicl Thread Starter

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    Hi all professionals
    I've got a serious problem here.

    I've used Partition Magic 8.05 to cut a part of my HDD to install Vista. However, aftering installed the Vista, i can't access to the XP partition(old partition). Althought i can still see the partition by disk management, there's no letter label and i can do nth with it.

    Here comes the photo (it's the chinese version , but i think it still help you to understand the situation)
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    Can anyone plz help me? I can't lost the data in my old OS.
     

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    tsuicl Thread Starter

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    can anyone plz help
     
  3. Noyb

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    Just some wild guessing here ... Till the real TSG wizards wake up ..
    From your screen shot .. looks like PM cleaned out the XP partition.
    ??? Empty space = Partition size ???

    Can you put the HD in another computer .. or .. an external HD enclosure and run ... http://www.runtime.org/
    Cause PM seems to have/cause a lot of problems ...
    I use ... http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/diskdirector/ ... instead.
     
  4. tsuicl

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    PM didn't clean up my partition
    When I now insert the Vista disc and enter the setup, I can see the old partition's usage and total volume.
     
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    Anyway you can "Explore" the XP partition from there ??
     
  6. tsuicl

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    I dun know how, but at lease i know that the partition is still here
     
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    Hang in there .. I'm sure some Expert help will be along shortly.
     
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    It says right there.... the partition was WIPED OUT.
    104.93 GB capacity / 104.93GB Free Space / 100% Free...

    Your XP Partition was destroyed.

    You should try RESTORER 2000 (download it, use it in demo MODE to see if it'll work) which works great and recovering lost data. If you have 100GB of data to recover, it'll could take about 4-8hrs to do that... and you'll need ANOTHER HD to copy the data to.
    http://www.restorer2000.com

    1 - You'll need to install XP onto another HD.
    2 - DO not do anything to that OLD drive... leave it as is.
    3 - use Restorer2000 to copy data to new HD

    It'll have to scan your HD (can take hours) then you select the folders to restore and target drive.

    When done... wipe out that OLD drive into a single partition and reinstall vista again.

    In the future : backup important data and install a NEW type of OS on a spare drive.
     
  9. tsuicl

    tsuicl Thread Starter

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    I now find the real problem
    I asked a friend with the same situation and he told me
    When I cut the partition, I chose the install new OS option in partition magic and it automatically hidden my old partition
    The thing that I have to do now is to unhide the partition
    But here comes the problem, how?
    Many partitioning softwares do not support vista and I don't know how to use DOS or that kind of things, Can anyone teach me how to unhide a partition?

    btw, I've restorer to check that the old partition and its data is still here
     
  10. Compiler

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    reformat you current C: drive (with vista) reinstall XP.

    follow other instuctions requiring another HD.
    You can try to assign a drive letter to that drive and see what hapens.

    right click in drive management.
     
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